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Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

Getting your home ready for winter

I know no one wants to think about this right now BUT
Winter is just around the corner! Is your home ready?

Things you should do to get your home ready

-Add another layer of insulation to your attic
-Adjust storm doors and windows to reduce energy costs and prevent dra
fts.
-Change your furnace filters
-Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors or install if necessary
... -Check fire extinguishers and charge and replace if necessary
-Check that outdoor lighting works, replace bulbs as needed.
-Check the siding for cracks, damage and separation.
-Clean gutters prevent basement and foundation flooding, water damage to siding, windows and doors. (should be done spring and fall)
-Clean heat ducts
-Clean storm drains and ensure that water runs away from the house.
-Drain and close exterior water lines, including those to an outdoor shower or a sprinkler system.
-Drain and remove garden hoses
-Examine soffits for moisture build up
-Examine the basement floor and walls for cracks or leaks
-Examine the walls and foundation for cracks, rot or missing siding
-Holiday lighting and decorations
-Inspect the roof for cracked or missing shingles, missing or damaged flashing, leaks around the chimney.
-Inspect your chimney for soot build up
-Insulate pipes to keep from freezing
-Is your home particularly prone to drafts and cold floors? You might consider the advantages of installing a floor heating system to regulate some extra warmth.
-Make sure you are stocked with rock salt, sand and snow shovels
-Organize closet/garage spaces
-Remove and Store your outdoor furniture and ornaments
-Remove screens and install storm windows
-Remove window air conditioners.
-Weather stripping and caulk windows and doors
-Wrap exterior pipes and spigots that cannot be drained and turned off to prevent frozen and broken pipes.

Lorena Bacci, All Star Home Improvements and Renovations, Inc. 847-681-0430

 

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